10 Tips For Sticking to Your Diet While on Vacation

10 tips for sticking to your diet while on vacation

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We decided about about 2 weeks ago that we wanted to go on a vacation soon. We love planning spur of the moment vacations and this time is no exception. We are leaving this Sunday for San Diego for 5 days and I can’t wait!  I absolutely LOVE to travel!

However, sometimes it’s tricky to stay on track while traveling.  You don’t have your own kitchen and food and you’re forced to eat out almost every meal.  There are several options you can follow while traveling, you just need to figure out what will work best for you!

  • You can track your macros perfectly (or at least the best you can)
  • Loosely track but be ok with the fact that you may go over a little bit
  • Be mindful of what you’re eating and make good choices but don’t track at all
  • Have a free for all and eat whatever you want.

There is no wrong way however, if you follow the free for all, you might have a harder time getting back on track after the vacation is over and the possibility of gaining weight is pretty high. I am going with the third option of being mindful and making good choices but not really tracking what I eat.  I will still try to get in a lot of protein and drink lots of water.  I want to enjoy my vacation since they don’t come around often enough, but I also don’t want to feel like complete crap the entire time.

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How to Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

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I firmly believe if a diet isn’t sustainable you won’t stick to it.  How long can you really go with no carbs or no sugar?  I know I didn’t last long on either of those.  A week….Maybe??  Then I felt so miserable, I gave in and ate everything in my house.

If you are too uptight about your diet, you won’t be able to stick with it no matter how good of a diet it is and believe it or not, that INCLUDES counting macros!  There is a time and place to be super strict on your diet.  For me, I was super duper strict for the first 9-10 months.  I had a cheat meal once a week and I had non-tracking days on holidays only but other than that, I was 100%.  And I needed that at first.  It really worked for me while I was first starting and learning. But now that I know everything I do about flexible dieting and my body, I know I can be a little more lenient.  I am not seeing results as fast, but it’s also more sustainable for me and my lifestyle.  I am still very good at hitting my macros but if we are at a bbq or a business dinner, or something unplanned comes up,  I don’t freak out. I live life in that moment and get right back on track the second that moment is over.  I don’t let myself stay off track for long and that is the key.  You can have times where you don’t count or days where you are feeling extra hungry and want to eat everything, but you better get right back on track the next meal or day.  There is no starting on Monday and binging through the weekend.  That’s when things start to get bad.  Allow yourself a little leniency from time to time and the other times, stick with the diet.  I stay on track the best I can 90% of the time so I can allow myself some room to live the other 10%.

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Leg Day Workout for Killer Legs!

gym leg day workout

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I love this leg routine!  I usually stick with the same routine for about 6 weeks before changing it up.  The reason I do that is so that I can see the strength gains and progress I am making.  If I’m changing up my routine in the gym every time, I am never going to know if I’m getting stronger or making any progress with my lifts.  I also make sure I track every workout with the Strong workout tracker app and it really pushes me to go a little bit heavier or do another rep or two more than last time.

The great thing about working out with weights is you can go as heavy or light as you want.  If you’re brand new to the gym, start doing what you can do as far as the weight goes, track your workout and work on building your strength over time.  Don’t go in and try to lift heavy at first or you’re more likely to get an injury.  Go and do what you reasonably can and get your form down before increasing the weight. Form is so so important!  Don’t rush.  You want your lifts to be slow and controlled. This will also help you to prevent injury.

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How to Eat Out While Tracking Macros-Chick-Fil-A

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When tracking macros, you don’t have to be afraid to eat out!  You just have to be educated and plan in advance. One of the best things about iifym/flexible dieting, is that you can still enjoy the foods you love and for most people, (myself included) that means eating out!   There are so many macro friendly restaurants you can eat at.  Of course, there are some places where it will be a little bit trickier to find something that works without blowing your whole day, but I truly believe there is something that you can order at pretty much every restaurant and still stay on track. That’s not to say you can’t go out and have a “treat” meal every now and again, but, you do have options if it’s not a treat meal time!

Today we are going to take a look at the menu of one of my favorites, Chick-Fil-A.  I will help you decide what you should and shouldn’t order to help you stay within your macros! The best choice out of each group will be in bold. 

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My Summer Food and Activity Accountability

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Today is the last day of school for my girls!  I cannot believe it.  It is cliche but so true, that life really does fly by!  My kids are going to be in 6th and 10th grade next year.  I am going to have a high schooler!  You must be thinking I don’t look old enough to have a high schooler right?  Well I’m not 😉 haha!

Now that summer is here, life is about to get crazy!   I thought it would be a great idea for me to let you guys know how I plan to stay on track with my eating and activities this summer and have a little bit of accountability for myself as well. It always helps to write down your plans/goals and to have people that you’re accountable to.

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Non-Scale Victories

Non-Scale Victories

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Non-Scale Victories (NSV) are the little or big changes we see in our bodies, our lives and our fitness abilities along our journey to a healthy and more physically fit life.  Non scale victories are the BEST kind of victories and should be celebrated with ice cream (that, of course, fits into our macros!)

In the world of dieting/healthy eating/fitness there is more to progress than just seeing the numbers on the scale go down or up.  There are many other (and much better) ways to track your progress besides the scale.  Taking measurements and pictures is the best way to see results in my opinion. The scale is just a small and unreliable way people use to measure your progress, yet it’s the most heavily relied upon tool for progress. Ironically, I have seen so many people who don’t lose a single pound but their before and after pictures look so incredibly different.

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Tesla Workout Leggings Review

tesla workout leggings review

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I don’t know about you, but I just don’t care to spend $100+ on a single pair of workout leggings.  I am a SUPER frugal person when it comes to clothes and Ross, Target or Amazon are usually my go to stores for everything! I even buy lots of stuff at Walmart!  I can get lots of cute clothes for cheap!  And with the way styles come and go, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that’s going to look “so last year” in 2 months. I have never actually even gone into a Lulu Lemon because I am afraid I would be hooked if I did and would want to spend all my money on all the clothes.  I am sure that their leggings are amazing and can make my workouts better and also give me wings (where’s the sarcasm font when you need one) but honestly, I just don’t care to spend that much.  I swear I am not knocking Lulu Lemon or saying you shouldn’t spend your hard earned money on it if that’s what you want, but for me, I would rather have 5 pairs of $20 leggings so I don’t have to do laundry so much!  And that right there is the HONEST truth!

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A Full Day of Eating

full day of eating macros

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I thought it would be beneficial for you to see what a day of eating looks like for me.  I will do these often because I don’t eat the same things everyday.  Also, I am not a big planner at all.  I am more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal.  I don’t ever meal prep (not that it’s bad to do so, it just doesn’t work with my life). As long as I have macro friendly foods around, I can hit my macros. I know a lot of people have a hard time hitting their protein, so hopefully this will give you an idea of what it takes to hit your protein numbers.  To be honest, most days the hardest macro for me to hit is fat!  Weird I know!

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At Home Ab Workout- No Equipment Needed!

At Home Abs Workout

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Here is one of my current at home ab workouts.  In the interest of time, I usually do my ab workouts at home.  There are a few machines or weighted exercises that I like to do at the gym, but I save the bulk of my ab workout for later. I go to the gym before my kids go to school which leaves me only about an hour of time at the gym before I need to get home to get them off to school.   Most days, by the time I do all of my other workouts, I am out of time.  After I get them off to school, I will get in some abs at home usually 1-2x per week, but I would like to increase that to 3x per week.

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Why you shouldn’t eat back the calories you burn from exercising.

Why you shouldn't eat back the calories you burn from exercising

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Should you eat back the calories that you burn from exercising?  This is a common question and something that is often misunderstood.  People often think “I am eating in a calorie deficit (eating less than your body burns) and then I am exercising on top of that. Shouldn’t I eat back the calories I burn?”

When I first started counting macros I wondered the same thing. However, what most people don’t understand is that your exercise calories are already calculated into your macros. So if you are eating your exercise calories back, you are effectively eating at maintenance or even a calorie surplus and will most likely not see any weight/fat loss, if not even some weight/fat gain!

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